We interviewed Neil Barraclough, a copywriter who writes TypeTown, a publication celebrating the typewriter’s place in history and modern culture.
Check out Blue Moon Camera in Portland, OR. They sell film cameras and refurbished typewriters.
A little story for you: I used to help teach photography workshops, and some students would show up with some budget-busting gear; often they were snooty toward those with less top-of-the-line cameras and lenses. I always started my part of the class, early on Day One, with this question: What kind of typewriter did Ernest Hemingway use?
The answer, of course, was "What difference did it make?"
I've recently downsized and let go of a dining table and chairs, a double bed and three bookcases (and the books for those three). But I couldn't let go of my late husband's typewriter or my Olivetti Lettera 22, bought with my teenage, hard-earned savings in 1960s.
So inspiring keep it up sir .
this is a great topic. As a longtime journalist and editor/fiction writer, I often miss the touch and feel of my first typewriter on the job at a suburban newspaper. I miss that, and am encouraged to try to find and buy one to use in my current writing.
I love this and can't wait to check out Neil's Substack! I have been desperately searching for a Yiddish typewriter in London for about a year and so far no dice!
I love it and have subscribed. There is definitely something about the clicking of a typewriter and especially the sound of the carriage going back at the end of a line.
That owl is amazing.
Now I want a typewriter! lol
1) Justice Hans Linde's small manual typewriter, with his typed note rolled in it, is on display in the Oregon Supreme Court lobby. He had upgraded but wanted people to see his earlier technology. 2) See typewriter rescuer Thomas Furrier on CBS Saturday, 12-4-21.
Jack Kerouac used an Underwood to type On The Road on a roll of teletype paper in 3 days.
Love the photo selection!!! 😍 My dad just gave me his type machine, I want to use it asap!
Hello! Of course, for part of my life, typewriters and I have been faithful companions..... until the computer came along! I worked for many years as a clerk and had to use those wonderful typewriters.... My fingers ached after some time typing! Then came the electric typewriters.... So many memories!
Thanks for the recommendation, Neil!
typewriters are seriously long gone,at the age of laptops,those days of typewriters are so over.
Do readers know the Typewriter Concerto? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naxsn5ymZI4
Good article. Good not to forget things that have served us in the past. Electronic typewriters was an effort to catch up with the changing times. However, technology keeps on improving and now it is changing faster than ever. The coming generations, however, would not be able to imagine life without computers and would find typewriters as antique pieces.
Great story on typewriters. I started out on one too. See a photo and read my story of learning on typewriters here: https://matthewmurray.substack.com/p/high-school-typing-class